POPE FRANCIS: PCF, MEETING WITH THE ELDERLY AND GRANDPARENTS ON 28 SEPTEMBER

Pope Francis will meet the elderly and grandparents ahead of the Synod, on a special day organised by the Pontifical Council for the Family. The meeting, which will be the first international meeting dedicated to the elderly, is organised by the Pontifical Council for the Family (PCF) in St Peter’s Square on Sunday, 28 September. Tens of thousands of elderly people and grandparents from across the world will meet Pope Francis to celebrate together a stimulating period of life which is full of opportunities. According to the draft programme of the event, entitled "The Blessing of a Long Life", the Square will open at 7.30am. The meeting will begin at 9am and will culminate with the Holy Mass celebrated by Pope Francis at 10.30am. This event is inspired by the many teachings of Pope Francis on the issue who has often condemned the "throwaway culture" that is typical of a people who do not care for their elderly", a culture where "the elderly are discarded with an attitude that masks a hidden euthanasia". "The meeting will take place the same day as the Day of Prayer for the Synod on the Family, which is the first and fundamental place where the elderly can live in a fabric of relations which support them and to which they are called to contribute", said Archbishop Vincenzo Paglia, president of the Pontifical Council, in a statement released today. ” “

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